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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Accreditation process made compulsory

By Manjari Peiris

Colombo, 15 November, ( "Both the private and state laboratories will be made compulsory to undergo the accreditation process of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) to prove their genuineness capacity, ability and standard", said Minister of Healthcare & Nutrition, Nimal Siripala de Silva recently participating at the inaugural ceremony held at Trans Asia, Colombo, to grant accreditation to the first two Medical Laboratories in Sri Lanka, viz. Medi Sense Laboratory and Confidence Medical Centre, who have successfully completed the requirements by conforming to the International Standard ISO 15189.

Minister de Silva assured that when the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board was ready with infrastructure process, accreditation process would take place at national hospitals too and that he did not believe that accreditation process should be confined to the private sector. "We must bring it into our own hospitals too so that we can create a competition." He said.

The Minister added that the accreditation process should not be limited to only giving a sample and getting a report, but should go into the area of the competency of the people who are engaged in the work along with best equipment, to ensure safety.

Also Minister de Silva emphasized that there must be a random checking of the results that are being issued along with continuous surveillance on the performance of the laboratories.

The Minister hopes to give a certain time period for all the laboratories to go through accreditation. "It has to be made compulsory and every laboratory, if they are to function, they must produce a certificate to prove their standard."

"Mostly the patients are guided by the doctor’s instructions indicating where to go for tests. We must stop that culture because that task has to be done by an independent agency."

Professor Tissa Vitarana, the Minister of Science & Technology who was the Chief Guest at this ceremony reminisced of occasions where incorrect lab test reports had been made on people who really had diabetes but diagnosed to be non-diabetics. He attributed this type of situations to between life and death. "Every lab should be able to issue correct and reliable reports." He confirmed.

Minister Vitarana said that obtaining of accreditation from foreign laboratories was very expensive and now the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board would be able to do it very cheap, but with more reliability. "Every aspect of testing procedure at SLAB is done in proper condition by properly qualified people and observed proper testing procedures. All our laboratories should conform to these standards." he affirmed.

This is a significant milestone in the Healthcare Systems in Sri Lanka and would provide an impetus towards the improvement of the quality of Medical Laboratory Services in Sri Lanka. Accreditation of medical laboratories would assure reliability and credibility of the Medical Laboratory Services and would assist the medical professionals, general public and other stakeholders in selecting a reliable laboratory.

The Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment, as the national Accreditation Authority operates as an autonomous body under the purview of the Ministry of Science & Technology.

Professor H.D. Gunawardena, Chairman and Mr. Sanath P. Mendis, Director/CEO of SLAB also expressed their views at this ceremony.

- Asian Tribune -

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